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The Scottish Castles Association
Preserving the Past for the Future

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Scotland's castles

Welcome to the Scottish Castles Association website

The stone walls of Scotland's ancient castles, towers and fortified houses have witnessed, first-hand, the fascinating and tumultuous history of the Scottish nation. The Scottish Castles Association aims to help facilitate the protection, conservation or restoration of these unique properties for future generations to study, research and appreciate.

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Langshaw Tower (Roxburghshire) - Past and Present

Langshaw Tower (Roxburghshire) - Past and Present

A tower with a tale of two centuries to tell, Langshaw Tower was occupied until the 18th century and was even used as the village school.

Category: Past-present | Posted: 21st Oct 2016
Castle Varrich in the money!

Castle Varrich in the money!

Thanks to a generous £200,000 gift from a new landowner, and with support from Historic Scotland, Castle Varrich is set to have a more secure future.

Category: News | Posted: 9th Oct 2016
The 'Great Garden' - a trip to the Island of Lismore

The ‘Great Garden’ - a trip to the Island of Lismore

On a Scottish Castles Association trip one castle often leads to another...and another. Join SCA member Brian McGarrigle on his extended trip to Lismore...

Category: Articles | Posted: 1st Oct 2016
Award of the Scottish Castles Association Charles McKean Memorial Prize for Architecture 2016

Award of the Scottish Castles Association Charles McKean Memorial Prize for Architecture 2016

Meet the winners of this prestigious prize which is awarded to the best architecture student design for the reoccupation and extension of a ruinous tower house or castle.

Category: News | Posted: 26th Sep 2016
Alloa Tower (Clackmannanshire) - Past and Present

Alloa Tower (Clackmannanshire) - Past and Present

The ancestral home of the Erskine family, Alloa Tower was rescued from years of ruin and neglect and is now in magnificent condition under the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

Category: Past-present | Posted: 17th Sep 2016

Scottish Castle Association News

Scottish Castle Association News

Check this section, which is regularly updated, for any snippets of news covering interesting topics which, we feel, will be of interest to our members, castle enthusiasts and general history buffs.

Website Feature Articles

Castle and History Related Feature Articles

Within this section, you will find selected articles which we hope will be of interest to our readership or have appeared in the association newsletter, The Journal, with a view to attract more site visitors and new members to our Association.

Castles Past

Castles in the past and present

This section shows a range of Scotland's castles as they appeared when photography was first introduced around the start of the 1900s. Some are in a lot better state thanks to restoration, sadly, others have not faired so well due to neglect and some can still be saved before it is too late.

Scottish Castle Tours

Scottish Castles Association Future Events

We have a number of exciting events planned, or are in the process of organising. Our events usually consist of castle visit weekends where we gain access to some wonderful historic properties not normally open to the public. We also have other events such as castle picnic days.

Castle Photographs

SCA Castle Photo Archive (members only)

One of the main benefits of joining the SCA is being given special access to our exclusive Castle Image Collection on this website, showing photographs of nearly all historical Scottish buildings which have been accumulated by SCA member John Pringle. A must for castle lovers and historians!

Scottish Castle Wedding Venues

Scottish Castles Wedding Venue List

If you are looking for a Scottish castle, or historical building, as a venue for your special wedding then start by exploring our Scottish Castle Wedding Venue List. We really do have some wonderful, unique, and magical romantic venues all with their own stories to tell.

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Made by: Gordon Mason
Where: SCA Castle Tour To Lanarkshire - Apr 2007
Posted: 08 Dec 15
Made by: Tammy Cooper
Where: The Nigel Tranter Memorial Award 2013
Posted: 26 Nov 15
Made by: Roger Griffith
Where: Caldwell Tower (Renfrew) Past & Present
Posted: 22 Nov 15
Made by: BMcGarrigle
Where: Rossend Castle (Fife) - Past and Present
Posted: 15 Nov 15
Made by: Alexander J R Macdonald
Where: Ochiltree Castle - West Lothian
Posted: 10 Nov 15

Photographs of almost every castle in Scotland

Hallforest Castle 04

Brian McGarrigle's Historic Castle Postcard Collection From Around Year 1900

Beldornie Castle 02

John Buchanan-Smith Castle Drawings


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